The Westgate Central Neighborhood Association hosted its first 2022 Neighborhood Clean-Up on Saturday, March 26th. Neighborhood residents, code enforcement officers, Lakeland policemen, and city employees convened at the Missionary Assembly of God Church on Montana Avenue to discuss the plan of action and distribute supplies and plants. Volunteers spent four hours from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm elevating the neighborhood and picking up trash. They also engaged in positive conversations with residents as they passed out free flowers to plant around their homes — all in a unified effort to uplift the community and bring people together.
On Saturday, February 26, 2022, North Lake Wire Neighborhood Association partnered with multiple local health-centered organizations to host "Your Health Matters" at North Lake Wire Park. With over 150 residential attendees, the 20 participating vendors offered FREE essential health screenings to the community! The event prioritized the well-being and safety of individuals and families, including information booths, insurance coverage, exams, vaccines, food, giveaways, and more!
The N.A.C joined the City of Lakeland to celebrate Black History Month at Jackson Park on Saturday, February 19, 2022, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm! Our members promoted the N.A.C by engaging in encouraging conversations with residents. We included fun giveaway items to those that spun our prize wheel for a chance to win merch, ice pops, and helpful resources. We shared a joyful day with the community as we embraced Black history through music, performances, food, and craft vendors.
On Saturday, January 15, 2022, the N.A.C had the pleasure of participating in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. The parade route began at Providence and West 14th Street, ending at M.L.K. Avenue and 2nd Street. Several community leaders volunteered by riding on the float in a display of unity and solidarity! Others showed their support by walking the parade route and celebrating the meaningful holiday.
Check out the parade photos and video here.
Every year, CareerSource Polk host a job fair and career expo to offer professional development to teens and young adults ages 14-24. In support, the NAC's SummerWerx Subcommittee sponsored the event and donated $21,500.00 to the 2022 Summer Youth Internship Program! With 125 worksites in attendance and four educational workshops, participants had the opportunity to explore job opportunities, careers paths and connect with employers from diverse industries.
For more information regarding careers, employment, or internships, visit www.careersourcepolk.com.
The Neighborhood Association Coalition has formed a group of 4 Subcommittees to help with some of the projects that are currently being worked as part of the Coalition's goals. The 4 Subcommittees are:
These subcommittees are tasked with continuing the worked that has already been started by the NAC and working with the NAC to expand them. We are very excited for what the people involved in each of them will do in the near future.
With a vision to promote safe and standard neighborhoods, the City of Lakeland's Community & Economic Development Department began its Neighborhood Improvement Program in 1988.
In 1999, the Neighborhood Outreach Office was established to coordinate the City’s effort to respond more effectively to the needs of neighborhoods by working with residents. The goal of this office is to preserve stable neighborhoods, stabilize traditional ones and give new birth to deteriorating neighborhoods. The office has been most effective under that charge; however, due to the rising expectations of neighborhoods, it has become essential that we focus on an increased collaboration of governmental services. New efforts to communicate and coordinate services within and among various City departments prove to be more beneficial to our neighborhoods. This approach assists with providing a coordinated response to problems, issues and/or opportunities that are of concern to the neighborhoods. Teams of employees with diverse areas of expertise are utilized to solve problems. By using the unified approach and drawing on the expertise of departments throughout the City, issues are addressed in a proactive manner. This approach simply focuses on providing a neighborhood-based City service delivery system utilizing the extensive network of existing City services in the community.
The City of Lakeland has identified approximately 100 geographic neighborhood boundaries and of that 30 neighborhoods are registered associations. We encourage all neighborhoods to register as it will enhance the city-citizen relationship. The neighborhood outreach office staff is the focal point to communicate with the city. The office will offer a neighborhood liaison service to increase access to resources, build knowledge, foster communication, train and register neighborhoods, promote collaboration, and encourage community-based partnerships.
For a full directory of neighborhood leaders, click here